DNC barbecue sauce competition
A panel picked 3 official barbecue sauces for he Democratic National convention that will (proabbly) be held in Charlotte. All three are off my radar. Thoughts on the sauces (sauces only, no politics, please)?
I don't know about the 12 Bones sweet tomato sauce, but their blueberry chipotle sauce is off the hook. For the record, I know blueberry sounds weird in a sauce and I don't even like chipotle, but the sauce tastes like neither and the whole is much greater than the sum of its parts.
And when you come down to it, 12 Bones is a rib specialist and as tasty as their ribs are, ribs aren't exactly representative of NC cue.
The fact that they focused on bbq "sauces" as opposed to the actual barbecue that will be represented at the DNC does a bit of a disservice to what NC bbq is. BBQ is not an adjective modifier of sauce, it's a noun. If you want to focus on "sauce," go to Kansas City or Arkansas. The DNC should've picked Skylight Inn, Allen&Son, and Lexington #1 to be the 3 official barbecues for the convention and be done with it.
A mustard sauce from NC and a vinegar sauce from SC? Interesting geographic choices... At least the mustard sauce is from Charlotte, so not too far from "home."
IIRC, the Obamas ate at 12 Bones while in NC for vacation a few years ago, so that choice kind of makes sense.